I use the lower part of the feather so the quil is pretty thick. And the fly is about 4 cm or 1,5 inch so i hope they take it all at once :). I have a similar pattern were i put the tail in a mylar tube. this have worked pretty well first season and still in the box for next.
I suppose you could take some bucktail or fox as tail instead for better durability. I will get back to you Bill about this after a couple of seatrouts. :) @trublubug
And thanks @dennislauritzen
Thanks Peter. I found the feather fibers got chewed up quickly even though the stem was able to withstand the toothy critters. I like the notion of putting the tail inside a Mylar tube. I posted photos of baitfish where I was using biots tied on to tubing as tails. The biots hold up better than feather fibers but your idea is a great one. I'm going to try that notion today. Perhaps a light coat of UV resin on the feather fibers? Thanks for the tip!
There is a picture set here with a SBS if anyone want to see. in swedish but there is a translate button. But it will be funny to read it :) Picture speaks for themselves.
Peter, finally got your second link to open. Great step by step photos. Lovely baitfish pattern.
I quickly tried your idea for putting the feather shaft inside a braided Mylar tube. Just used some bits and pieces but I like the possibilities. Will post a photo. This is a very fast way to make an extension type tail. Thanks for sharing your ideas.
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